Category Archives: Living in China

Please Don’t Be a Chicken Foot: The Lonely Suzhou Adventure

After I narrowly escaped being kidnapped at the Suzhou train station, I spent about three hours just walking around Tiger Hill Pagoda. Tiger Hill Pagoda is part of the Yunyan Temple and the buildings there are over a thousand years old. The … Continue reading

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The Time I Almost Got Kidnapped in China (and How I Got Out of It by Being Really Annoying)

During my last week in China I took a train to Suzhou, which is a city about eighty kilometers west of Shanghai. Suzhou is absolutely beautiful; most of the buildings still retain the traditional Chinese architecture and the city is … Continue reading

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Translating Chinglish and Engrish to English

As I’ve mentioned before, all of my classmates in Shanghai were from Korea. And, naturally, all of my teachers were Chinese. None of the teachers spoke Korean and this was a beginning-mid level class for Chinese, so communication was difficult … Continue reading

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The Time I Scared the Bejeezus out of My Chinese Friend

While I was in Shanghai I became friends with one of the Chinese students at the university. For the purposes of this blog, he will be referred to as the Badger Lord. The Badger Lord had been studying English for … Continue reading

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Losing Your Humanity (And The Joy Of Getting It Back)

A note: studying abroad is an incredibly rewarding experience. From what I hear, most countries offer classes in English, so you don´t have to learn a new language if you don’t want to. If you’ve got the money, DO IT. … Continue reading

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Peeing in China, Part 2: The Squat Toilet

For those of you who don’t know, the toilets are different in Asia. In the more touristy parts they do have the Western type toilets that we all know and love, but for the most part, the things that people … Continue reading

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Making People Uncomfortable By Staring At Them: Germany vs China

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but I lived in Berlin for a month this past summer. Sorry for the inconsistency, but being organized is for squares. Just ask any square-shaped object whose intended purpose is to help humans … Continue reading

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